Clerkenwell Design Week 2017 Part 1

One of the highlights of the year for the design team at Paramount is attending Clerkenwell Design Week.

It gives us some much-needed inspiration for our office fit-out projects and keeps us on top of the latest trends in office design.

This year was no exception. First up is Helen with her thoughts on Clerkenwell Design Week 2017.

Helen’s Clerkenwell Experience

There are never enough hours in one day?

We all know the saying, and every year I endeavour to visit every showroom, exhibit and art installation and each year it never happens.

This year was no exception. Even with the echoes of that dreaded word still ringing in ears (you know the B one that every politician has been brandishing for the past year or more and ends with “exit”).

Despite this, there was still a feeling that all those involved in Clerkenwell Design Week 2017 had created a vibrant and colourful event that, over 3 days, completely quashed the notion that our industry is going through a phase of “being cautious”.

Creative inspiration amongst friends

There was music, flags, banners and open doors aplenty, as well as a chance to bump into and catch up with those that you haven't seen for some time.

As well as discovering new products, that's what I love about CDW; being creatively inspired by the atmosphere and the people, in addition to feeling like a kid in a candy store.

There’s definitely a bit of “Willy Wonka” magic in the jewels and delights on display to tempt us designers.

The Age of Agility

This year the focus was most definitely centred on 'agile working'.

It featured heavily in the seminar by Steelcase; Creativity in the Future of Work.

Here, Steelcase discussed their exciting collaboration with Microsoft to integrate 'Surface' products into the workplace.

Agile working was also evident in the ‘Rooms’ and ‘Platforms’ on offer from Connection and numerous other manufacturers, the list is endless.

 

Scratching the surface

Surface finishes are becoming even more sculptural with Domus Tiles displaying some absolutely stunning ranges from ‘Kaza’ that I defy you not to want to specify in a scheme.

 

At Milliken they were launching two carpet ranges, 'Ely Place' and 'Travelling Line', to add to their existing Clerkenwell Collection.

They both created depth and interest through the use of simple pattern and colour.

 

But as is always the case at CDW, I get so carried away chatting to people and understanding the story behind the product that I have a tendency to completely lose track of time, which results in only seeing a snippet of what was on show.

If only there was more of that stuff called time.

The irony is that now I don’t want to have to wait for #CDW2018!

It can’t come around quickly enough!

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